Issue 27 of Wrecked Magazine brings Michael Essa back to our cover to interview him after his first ever Formula Drift victory. Jacob Leveton writes a guest editorial on the state of the 2013 rookies and then Danny George gets put In Focus. Wrecked Lifestyle puts a focus on what our staff has deemed “track essentials” with items from Electric Visual, ReplayXD, and Otterbox. The big finale is our amazing trip to Japan for Drift Matsuri including a write up on how cheap you can participate converted already into American dollars. Our Mustang RTR gets a huge drivetrain overhaul with help from Tremec and ACT Clutch.
Here is a second video feature from our trip out to Japan thanks to ReplayXD and Enjuku Racing. Part 2 shows more clips of Minami, School course, and North course with footage from our Replay XD cameras over the weekend. The weather I would call perfect for Japanese spring and with over 400 registered cars for the weekend we have plenty of things to shoot.
Another video installment from our 2013 Spring Matsuri trip to Ebisu Circuit. This video is a quick compilation of all the drivers we captured flying over the Minami jump on the D1 Grand Prix course over the weekend. We hung a front and rear mounted ReplayXD over the jump for a few hours along the Matsuri weekend and captured these great jumps including the D1GP UpGarage Toyota Supra taking a few trips over the hill.
Formula Drift reigning champion was in attendance when we visited Ebisu Circuit a few weeks ago with a white Toyota Chaser in tow for the Drift Heaven Matsuri weekend. We caught him at the end of the weekend in a multiple lap tandem chase with another Chaser (that flipped early in the weekend on North Course) for a good solid 5 minutes. Here is the raw and untouched footage shot on a ReplayXD 720.
This high speed track had one insane qualifying session with Akinori Utsumi taking in first place. The big buzz about qualifying was that Daigo Saito clocked an entry speed of 227.1 KM/H putting that just at 140MPH! We are trying to track down some good video of his insane high speed entry into Suzuka. He couldn’t take home the win for the big D1GP weekend however which saw a Team Orange member take home victory. Here are the results:
Our first video digging into our trip out to the Drift Heaven Spring Matsuri weekend at Ebisu Circuit is here. Just one week before we headed straight to Formula Drift Road Atlanta we saw Ebisu Circuit come to life with over 400+ drift cars take to all the tracks for two full on days of insane fun. The white Chaser with the on-car camera in our thumbnail is driven by Daigo Saito along with some other D1GP drivers, one hundred Australians, and a good mix of grassroots Japanese drivers.
Aside from being one of the most bespoke and strange drift builds of all time seeing a slammed Jeep drifting around a course is quite a sight to see. The video was translated by the YouTube uploader so you can grasp a little preview of what went into this insane Jeep drift build. What do you think of his project?
If you happen to be one of the 43,000,000 homes that picks up MAV TV which includes a ton of great motorsports programming then set your DVR to record today at 5:00pm EST or Saturday again at 12:0pm EST to record The Racing Insiders. Our head editor Joey Redmond joins the cast to talk about the state of drifting in Japan and the United States. The cast mentions going to spec cars and where can you practice to become a pro in America? All these questions and more answered on The Racing Insiders today!
The second day of Matsuri was even more wild than the first one. We got sync’d up with large groups of drivers running courses all day and put to use our video camera and photographs to document a great day of drifting. We traveled all the courses over the course of the day capturing D1GP drivers in action and tons of forgeigners banging their beater bought missiles from www.powervehicles.com around anywhere Ebisu has to offer. Here is a Monday gallery of the action as it went down!
Just one of the awesome clips we captured at the Spring Matsuri Drift Heaven week at Ebisu Circuit was this group of drivers mounting tires by hand. This one drifter we captured on film could mount a whole tire ready for air in 56 seconds using his hands, feet, and a crowbar. Sit back and watch this awesome feat.